Our Nepali master artisan created this beautiful Shakyamuni Buddha statue wearing the robes of Buddhist monk. At the request of the buyer, we would be happy to adorn the hemlines of the robe with turquoise or red stones. At no extra charge, the skilled artisan can embellish the statue with these special decorations before delivery.
The color turquoise is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes their readiness to act. Additionally, devotees meditating on the color red can transform anger into wisdom. The color red is often worn by other deities to pay tribute to Amitabha Buddha. This Shakyamuni statue will wear the adornments very well and they will inspire all those who lay their eyes on your new statue.
Shakyamuni Buddha Depicts Bhumisparsha Mudra
The Bhumisparsha mudra depicts the moment that the Buddha vanquished the demon Mara and obtained enlightenment. The Bhumisparsha mudra is also known as “calling the earth to witness”. This is because when the Buddha was on the verge of enlightenment he was tempted by a demon known as Mara. Mara was ultimately unsuccessful however the Buddha still had to fight off the temptation. The treasure and beautiful women were not enough to dissuade the Buddha and he obtained enlightenment.
The earth touching gesture is a gesture of triumph. As a result of Mara’s defeat the Buddha called on the Earth Goddess to witness his victory.
Shakyamuni Statue Traditional Symbols
Shakyamuni Buddha was born in the 6th century BCE. He was born as a Prince in the Shakya Kingdom known as Siddhartha Gautama. As a result, Shakyamuni Buddha statues usually portray him wearing the Ushnisha. This is because it was a common head dress worn by Hindu royalty. However, after Prince Siddhartha renounced his kingdom it is believed that he no longer wore it.
These three neck lines were also a sign of beauty and prestige in ancient India. So in that sense they are similar to the Ushnisha. However, they also draw attention to the Buddha’s throat. As a result, it is a symbol that acknowledges the melodious nature of the Buddha’s voice. Additionally, it symbolizes the harmony and the endless knowledge contained in the Dharma teachings. Click here to learn more about the origins of Buddhism.